MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Democrat Terri Sewell has become the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. House from Alabama.
Sewell won the 7th District seat Tuesday, turning back
Republican businessman Don Chamberlain, as early unofficial returns showed her pulling about three-fourths of the vote.
Sewell, who is from Selma and practices law in Birmingham, won easily in the heavily black and Democratic district, which
stretches from downtown Birmingham deep into the state's Black Belt region in west and southwest Alabama.
She fills the seat left vacant by U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, who
lost a bid to become Alabama's first black governor.
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